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tony hipchest
03-27-2012, 01:11 PM
with pro days winding down, college prospects will now be called to different teams for visits and interviews. All teams are allowed a maximum of 30 (unless players schools are already in area- PITT players dont count for steelers etc.)

lets keep track of and discuss them here-

the1st 3 as reported by ed bouchette are-

Three draft prospects, besides those from Pitt, have made official visits to the Steelers: Ohio State OT Mike Adams, Florida International WR T.Y. Hilton and Cincinnati DL Derek Wolfe.

El-Gonzo Jackson
03-27-2012, 04:48 PM
Interesting....T.Y. Hilton is a good WR, but more in what Sanders and Brown are. Smaller slot receiver who can return kicks and is good RAC yardage guy. Not sure why we need another player like that.

Derek Wolfe had a solid year, impressive Senior Bowl and combine for a guy that fits perfectly as a 3-4 DE. 6'5", around 300lbs and long arms. Kind of Keisel type player and build. Would like to add him for depth, but not sure if he is a 3rd round guy or maybe earlier.

Adams scares the hell out of me. Boom or bust IMO. All the size, but inconsistent in his technique and I think he only put up 11 reps at 225lbs, which says he was lazy about training while suspended from Ohio St. Looks like Tarzan, but often plays like Jane. Hope they get an understanding on the motivation or lack of for this kid.

03-27-2012, 11:38 PM
I hope someone takes Mike Adams quick so we dont. He reminds me of Gosder Cherillous from a few years ago who was high on the Steelers board but he cant even stay healthy or out of trouble to this day.

El-Gonzo Jackson
03-28-2012, 07:46 AM
I hope someone takes Mike Adams quick so we dont. He reminds me of Gosder Cherillous from a few years ago who was high on the Steelers board but he cant even stay healthy or out of trouble to this day.

Adams actually has better feet than Cherilus, but I hope your wish comes true too.

Osemele is like Cherilus I think. A big nasty run blocker with good enough feet, long arms that can play RT.

04-10-2012, 07:43 AM
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Monday, April 09, 2012
Steelers visits thus far

Here's a list of players who have visited the Steelers thus far. Obviously, the team has 30 total players it can bring in, so this list is incomplete at this point. But there are still more than two weeks remaining before the draft.

Some of the visits will be to check on medical status, such as receiver T.Y. Hilton. Some will be smokescreens - in my opinion Mike Adams falls into this category. Others still will be players in which the Steelers have actual interest, such as Isaiah Pead.

Ohio State offensive tackle Mike Adams
Ole Miss offensive tackle Bobby Massie
Miami (Ohio) guard Brandon Brooks
Colorado receiver Toney Clemons
Alabama linebacker Jerrell Harris
Regina defensive tackle Akiem Hicks
Cincinnati defensive end Derek Wolfe
Virginia defensive end Cam Johnson
West Virginia cornerback Keith Tandy
Florida International receiver T.Y. Hilton
Cincinnati running back Isaiah Pead
Stanford long snapper Zach Nolan

tony hipchest
04-12-2012, 10:42 AM
Steelers Digest ‏ @SteelersDigest
Visiting today are Alabama ILB Dont'a Hightower, Oregon RB LaMichael James, Oregon TE David Paulson, Midwestern St. G Amini Silatolu

also believed that Alabama Courtney Upshaw was in for a visit-


04-12-2012, 10:59 AM
Locals are exempt from the 30-player limit, but what exactly constitutes a "local"? Is it basically just Pitt Panthers?

04-12-2012, 11:29 AM
Locals are exempt from the 30-player limit, but what exactly constitutes a "local"? Is it basically just Pitt Panthers?

WVU, Penn State, Pitt, etc.... anything within I believe 2-3 hours travel time

El-Gonzo Jackson
04-12-2012, 07:58 PM
So Bobbie Massie, Brandon Brooks, Mike Adams, Amini Silatolu have come for a visit. Any chance we see Zeitler and Osemele also?? That would make me feel good that we have looked at some good O linemen to add on draft day.

04-12-2012, 08:20 PM
Steelers also bringing in the fast Running Backs like Isaiah Pead, and LaMichael James.

Also I like they brought in small school guys like Silatolu and Brooks to get a closer look.

No Nose Tackles yet however. I thought Jerel Worthy was coming to town.

Nick Perry is curious as we would have to make him our first round pick. Is Harrison that close to the end and no hope with Chris Carter and Jason Worilds? So far 3 visits have been big outside linebacker types.
(Perry, Cam Johnson, and Olivier Vernon)

Also 2 DE prospects, 2 TEs, only 1 Corner so far, and no safeties, but it is early.

Hope maybe they take a look at KR/WR Chris Rainey, OT Mitchell Schwartz, NT Nicolas Jean-Baptiste, FB/HB Emil Igwenagu, DT/NT Brandon Thompson, DT/NT Jerel Worthy, WR Greg Childs, CB/FS Brandon Hardin, and WR Elvis Akpa.

tony hipchest
04-16-2012, 03:30 PM
Scott Brown‏@ScottBrown_TribReply

Mich St. WR Keshawn Martin, Clemson DE Andre Branch, Louisiana-Lafayette TE Ladarius Green and Cincy DT John Hughes visiting Steelers today.

tony hipchest
04-18-2012, 12:09 AM

Georgia Tech wide receiver Stephen Hill and California offensive tackle Mitchell Schwartz are visiting the Steelers on the next-to-last day teams are allowed to host NFL draft prospects.

El-Gonzo Jackson
04-18-2012, 08:17 AM

Georgia Tech wide receiver Stephen Hill and California offensive tackle Mitchell Schwartz are visiting the Steelers on the next-to-last day teams are allowed to host NFL draft prospects.

I'm giddy. Schwartz would be a great Steeler.

He's the kind of guy that O line peeps like me love to root for. Big, intelligent, not overly athletic, but a guy that works hard, works smart and wins battles ugly and appears to like finishing his blocks with some nasty.

04-18-2012, 08:21 AM
Stephen Hill, just in case there is a last minute offer to Wallace?

tony hipchest
04-18-2012, 11:07 AM
Scott Brown ‏ @ScottBrown_Trib
Cincy TE Adrien Robinson, SMU OL Kelvin Beachum, Arkansas WR Gregory Childs and Colorado WR Toney Clemons also at Steelers' facility today.

04-18-2012, 11:10 AM
Poe visiting today as well.

Fire Arians
04-18-2012, 12:53 PM
Poe visiting today as well.

lol don't even know why we bother, he won't get past #15

04-19-2012, 08:19 AM
If Poe drops to the Steelers they should avoid him like the plague. There is something wrong if that many teams pass on him.

04-19-2012, 08:22 AM
This is long but here I think is the final tally and visitors excluding local players who don't count as visits.

most info provided by Walterfootball.com

final tally per position:
wr 5
rb 2
ol 6
de 2
nt 3
olb 4
ilb 3
s 1
cb 1
te 4
long snapper 1

T.Y. Hilton, WR/KR, Florida International
Height: 5-10. Weight: 183.
Projected 40 Time: 4.34.
Hand: 8 1/2.
Projected Round (2012): 3-4.

Derek Wolfe, DE/DT, Cincinnati
Height: 6-5. Weight: 295.
40 Time: 4.94. 10-Yd Split: 1.70.
Bench: 33.
Vertical: 33.5. Broad: 9-0.
Arm: 33 1/4. Hand: 10 3/4.
Projected Round (2012): 2-3.

Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State
Height: 6-7. Weight: 323.
40 Time: 5.40. 10-Yd Split: 1.84.
Bench: 19.
Arm: 34. Hand: 11.
Projected Round (2012): 1-2.

Brandon Brooks, G/T, Miami of Ohio
Height: 6-5. Weight: 346.
40 Time: 4.98. 10-Yd Split: 1.71.
Bench: 36.
Arm: 33 1/2. Hand: 10.
Projected Round (2012): 3-4.

Jerrell Harris ILB OLB Alabama
Height 6' 2" Weight 239
40 time 4.70
Projected Round 7th / FA

Keith Tandy, CB, West Virginia
Height: 5-10. Weight: 202.
Projected 40 Time: 4.48.
Arm: 31 3/4. Hand: 8 3/4.
Projected Round (2012): 4-6.

Isaiah Pead, RB, Cincinnati
Height: 5-10. Weight: 197.
40 Time: 4.41. 10-Yd Split: 1.50
Vertical: 33. Broad: 9-8.
Arm: 31. Hand: 8 5/8.
Projected Round (2012): 3-4.

Bobby Massie*, OT, Ole Miss
Height: 6-6. Weight: 316.
40 Time: 5.23.
Bench: 22. Arm: 35.
Projected Round (2012): 2-3.

Akiem Hicks, DT/NT, Regina University (Canada)
Height: 6-5. Weight: 318.
40 Time: 5.21.
Bench: 26.
Vertical: 31.5. Broad: 9-0.
Arm: 35 1/8. Hand: 10 1/8.
Projected Round (2012): 4-6.

Michael Egnew, TE, Missouri
Height: 6-5. Weight: 252.
40 Time: 4.62. 10-Yd Split: 1.57.
Bench: 21. Vertical: 36.
Arm: 33. Hand: 9 3/4.
Projected Round (2012): 4-5

Nick Perry*, DE, USC
Height: 6-3. Weight: 271.
40 Time: 4.50. 10-Yd Split: 1.56.
Bench: 35.
Vertical: 38.5. Broad: 10-4.
Arm: 33.
Projected Round (2012): 1-2.

Mychal Kendricks, OLB/ILB, California
Height: 5-11. Weight: 239.
40 Time: 4.41.
Bench: 24.
Vertical: 39.5. Broad: 10-7.
Arm: 31 5/8.
Projected Round (2012): 2-3.

Cam Johnson, DE, Virginia OLB
Height: 6-3. Weight: 268.
40 Time: 4.75. 10-Yd Split: 1.66.
Vertical: 35. Broad: 8-9.
Arm: 33 1/2. Hand: 8 7/8.
Projected Round (2012): 2-3.

Olivier Vernon*, DE, Miami OLB
Height: 6-2. Weight: 261.
40 Time: 4.68. 10-Yd Split: 1.71.
Bench: 31.
Vertical: 34.5. Broad: 10-2.
Arm: 33.
Projected Round (2012): 6-7.

LaMichael James*, RB, Oregon
Height: 5-8. Weight: 194.
40 Time: 4.37. 10-Yd Split: 1.60
Bench: 15.
Vertical: 35. Broad: 10-3.
Hand: 9.
Projected Round (2012): 3.

Dont'a Hightower*, ILB, Alabama
Height: 6-2. Weight: 265.
Projected 40 Time: 4.62. 10-Yd Split: 1.65.
Vertical: 32.
Arm: 32 5/8.
Projected Round (2011): 1.

David Paulson, TE, Oregon
Height: 6-3. Weight: 246.
40 Time: 4.93. 10-Yd Split: 1.65.
Vertical: 32.
Arm: 32 3/4. Hand: 10 1/8.
Projected Round (2012): 5-6.

Amini Silatolu, G/T, Midwestern State
Height: 6-4. Weight: 311.
40 Time: 5.43.
Bench: 28.
Arm: 33. Hand: .
Projected Round (2012): 2-3.

Hebron Fangupo, DT/NT, BYU
Height: 6-1. Weight: 323.
40 Time: 5.16.
Bench: 36.
Vertical: 31.5. Broad: 8-3.
Arm: 32 3/4.
Projected Round (2012): 5-6.

Jeremy Jones S Wayne St
5'10" 197
40 time 4.56
Bench 20
Projected Round FA

Zach Nolan LS Stanford
6' 4" 242
Bench 9
40 time 5.17
projected UDFA

Toney Clemons WR Colorado
6-2 210
40 time 4.43
Bench 11
projected round 7/UDFA

Andre Branch, DE/OLB, Clemson
Height: 6-4. Weight: 259.
40 Time: 4.62. 10-Yd Split: 1.56.
Vertical: 32.5. Broad: 10-0.
Arm: 34.
Projected Round (2012): 1-2.

Keshawn Martin WR Michigan St.
6-0 188
40 time: 4.45
Projected round: 3-4
Slash type player Randel El = QB to WR conversion, returner

Ladarius Green, TE, Louisiana-Lafayette
Height: 6-6. Weight: 237.
40 Time: 4.53. 10-Yd Split: 1.58.
Bench: 16. Vertical: 34.5.
Arm: 34 1/2. Hand: 10 1/8.
Projected Round (2012): 3-4.

John Hughes, NT/DE Cincinnati
Height 6-3 Weight:309
40 tiime: 5.32
Bench 29
Projected round NA

Mitchell Schwartz, OT, California
Height: 6-5. Weight: 318.
40 Time: 5.45. 10-Yd Split: 1.77.
Bench: 23.
Arm: 33 1/2. Hand: 10.
Projected Round (2012): 2-3.

Stephen Hill*, WR, Georgia Tech
Height: 6-4. Weight: 215.
40 Time: 4.36. 10-Yd Split: 1.20.
Vertical: 39.5
Broad: 11-1.
Hand: 9 3/8.
Projected Round (2012): 1-2.

Dontari Poe*, DT/NT, Memphis
Height: 6-4. Weight: 346.
40 Time: 4.87. 10-Yd Split: 1.68.
Bench: 44.
Vertical: 29.5. Broad: 9-9.
Arm: 32.

Adrien Robinson, TE Cincinnati
6-4 264
40 time 4.58
Bench 15

Greg Childs, WR, Arkansas
Height: 6-3. Weight: 219.
40 Time: 4.39.
Vertical: 36.5.
Broad: 10-5.
Hand: 10 1/8.
Projected Round (2012): 4-6.

Kelvin Beachum, OG Southern Methodist
6-3 303
40 time 5.44
Bench 19

04-19-2012, 09:38 PM
What's Up Steelers Fans?!??!?

The Draft is only one week away!!!!

I found this great site that has some awesome rumors.

FYI - One player that I love is Jack Crawford, DE - Boise State. He is going to be a stud and is perfect for the 3-4.

Sounds like Poe could be sliding too.

I am thinking 1) Hightower 2) Taamu 3) Crawford.


Check out the draft rumors here. Go STEELERS!!!!!!!!!



Heinz Hitman
04-21-2012, 09:14 PM
Haven't seen a full list of all of our draftee visits, so here it is:

Jerrell Harris, LB, Alabama
Keith Tandy, CB, West Virgina
Brandon Brooks, OG, Miami (Ohio)
Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State
T.Y. Hilton, WR, Florida International
Derek Wolfe, DL, Cincinnatti
Isaiah Pead, RB, Cincinnatti
Bobby Massie, OT, Mississippi State
Michael Egnew, TE, Missouri
Akiem Hicks, DT, Regina (Canada)
Nick Perry, LB, USC
Mychal Kendricks, LB, California
Cameron Jackson, LB, Virginia
Olivier Vernon, LB, Miami
Dont'a Hightower, LB, Alabama
LaMichael James, RB, Oregon
David Paulson, TE, Oregon
Amini Silatolu, OG, Midwestern State
Hebron Fangupo, DT, BYU
Jeremy Jones, S, Wayne State
Dontari Poe, DT, Memhpis
Ladarius Green, TE, Louisianna-Lafayette
Keshawn Martin, WR, Michigan St
Andre Branch, DE, Clemson
John Hughes, DT, Cincy
Greg Childs, WR, Arkansas
Toney Clemons, WR, Colorado
Adrien Robinson, TE, Cincy
Kelvin Beachum, OL, Southern Methodist

Out of all of those guys I suppose I am pulling for us to grab Hightower, if for no other reason than to make sure those damn ratbirds don't get him.

04-21-2012, 11:24 PM
With 3 TE's, Miller being a damn good one and a second year guy behind him, I don't see why we would be looking for a TE. Looks like O line, D line, and LB are the priorities based off that list. It would be nice to get a NT or ILB at #1, a starting guard in the second, a possible starting guard/tackle in the third and then LaMicheal James around 4 or 5 that would be awesome. Not sure why, I just think thats a lot of potential at a mid to low pick.

04-21-2012, 11:50 PM

4. AMINI SILATOLU Midwestern State 6-3 313 5.33 1-2

A defensive lineman in Tracy, Calif., Silatolu spent two years making the transition to O-line at a junior college before surfacing at Division II Midwestern State in 2010. "He's a tremendous athlete," Miami GM Jeff Ireland said. "He dominates that level of play. He's got power. He's got agility. Stays on his feet very well. His play certainly transitions to the NFL." Often compared to all-time Cowboys G Larry Allen. "Larry Allen just mauled people," one scout said. "This guy can hit you and knock you down. He's probably a little more athletic than Allen. He's every bit as good as the guard (Mike Iupati) who went to the 49ers. He's not a rocket scientist but he learns. He's just a little scary in the first round." Played LT, where he seemed to look bored at times. "He's got a chance of being a Pro Bowl player and also a chance of never factoring," another scout said. "I've always been of the philosophy that you better not completely whiff. He has Pro Bowl ability. He doesn't have Pro Bowl stability, or at least he hasn't had it. The between the ears is the concern. And he's making a position switch and a level jump."


Offensive Line Draft Ratings. Some pretty interesting reads. I don't know how much weight these write ups hold are though.

04-22-2012, 09:35 AM
Heinz Hitman you must not have read this post very well if you haven't seen a full list of draft visits as I spent a lot of time putting together a list on page 2 with all the measurables of every player that visited us.

04-22-2012, 01:08 PM
Heinz Hitman you must not have read this post very well if you haven't seen a full list of draft visits as I spent a lot of time putting together a list on page 2 with all the measurables of every player that visited us.
I merged threads. His was in the Main Steelers section previously, so didn't see this. We thank you for your quality posting. :hatsoff:

tony hipchest
04-22-2012, 02:55 PM
yep... great job on the consolidated list kingmagyar. i had wanted to do it but never found the time.

thanks :cheers: